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October 19, 2000
Neighbors react to animal cruelty verdict By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg, MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Former neighbors of a Berkeley County man convicted Wednesday of six counts of animal cruelty said the man should go to jail when he is sentenced Nov. 21. "He didn't get enough,' neighbor Marjorie Christian said of Frank Snodgrass, 48, who kept 30 Russian wolfhounds at his house on 132 Morningside Drive near Spring Mills...
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | February 2, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Winona L. Mimms was found not guilty of malicious assault Wednesday by a Berkeley County Circuit Court jury that agreed with her contention that she set her former boyfriend on fire in self-defense. cont. from news page Mimms, 42, wept as Judge David Sanders read the jury's verdict. Surrounded by her mother, daughters and friends, Mimms hugged defense attorney Paul Taylor. "God has blessed me with a second chance," she said in an interview after the trial.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 21, 2000
Washington County District Court Judge Noel Spence refused to grant probation before judgment Thursday to a man who assaulted an animal control officer who removed his dog from a 100-degree vehicle last summer. Eric R. Younker, 27, of 15435 Dellinger Road, Williamsport, was found guilty of second-degree assault and fined $100. The animal control officer "was clearly doing her duty," Spence said of C. Keller Haden's actions on July 17. "Younker deserves the conviction because of his behavior and his history.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | November 30, 1999
After more than six hours of deliberation, a Washington County Circuit jury found Jack L. Hammersla Jr. guilty Friday of first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder in the November 2003 bludgeoning death of Shirley P. Finfrock. The jury of six women and six men acquitted Hammersla, 49, on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the 68-year-old Finfrock's Nov. 12, 2003, death. The first-degree felony murder conviction is based on a first-degree burglary. It was Hammersla's second trial on the charges.
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By LAURA ERNDE | February 12, 1999
Whether they think Clinton is a liar or a martyr, most people around the Tri-State area can agree on one thing - they're glad it's over. "I am tickled to death. I am so tired of hearing this malarkey," said Louise Hahn, 73, of Smithsburg. Nancy Bussard, 46, of Sharpsburg, was watching television Friday afternoon, but she wasn't tuned into the impeachment trial. An action show was playing in the background while she did her laundry at the South End Shopping Center. "Did that surprise anyone?"
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By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | October 30, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Only a handful of people were in the Berkeley County Circuit Courtroom at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, when the buzzer sounded indicating jurors had reached a verdict in the trial of Michael Newell for the murder of his 7-year-old niece, Jessica Newell. By the time the verdict - guilty of felony murder without recommendation of mercy - was read just before 10 a.m., the courtroom was close to full, with more than a dozen police officers posted around the spectator area.
NEWS
October 29, 1998
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jurors in the trial of Michael Newell ended a second day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict on charges he murdered his 7-year-old niece last fall. Newell, 40, of Martinsburg, is charged with felony murder in the kidnapping and death of Jessica Newell, who disappeared from Pikeside Bowl on Sept. 18, 1997. --cont. from news page Her body was found two days later in a remote area of North Mountain.
NEWS
October 29, 1998
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A jury this morning found Michael Newell guilty of felony murder without recommendation of mercy in the death of his 7-year-old niece last fall. Newell, 40, of Martinsburg, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole in the kidnapping and death of Jessica Newell, who disappeared from Pikeside Bowl on Sept. 18, 1997. Her body was found two days later in a remote area of North Mountain.
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August 27, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va - Lawyers for a Berkeley County car dealership plan to appeal a jury verdict that its pay practices for salespeople were illegal. Following a trial last week in circuit court, the jury found Opequon Motors of Martinsburg violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act, said Robert Schiavoni, the attorney representing Lucille Robertson and Kelly Gloeckler in the class-action civil suit. The women claimed Opequon Motors had "added a number of fake costs, reducing the commission to sales representatives," Schiavoni said.
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